LISTEN: The Spirituality of Dying, Part 4 (Preparing for the Inevitable #24 with Daniel Whyte III)

This podcast will help you get ready to face the inevitable unpleasant things that will happen in your life — things like trouble, suffering, sickness, and death — the death of people you love and your own death.


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

The Bible says in Revelation 14:13: “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

The featured quote for this episode is from Shannon L. Alder. She said, “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”

— The Speaker

While the moments when death occurs can be a deeply spiritual event, other times the prospect of dying brings about a spiritual renewal long before death actually arrives. In fact, when a terminal illness is seen as God’s means of bringing about such a renewal, it can have profound consequences in the lives of numerous people outside the normal reach of that person’s life. It shows that God can provide new meaning and hope, even in the life of someone whose days are numbered.

Jim Harrell was in the middle of a wonderful life when he received test confirmation that he had Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. Jim had always been a goof-off, a practical jokester, ready to find the humor in nearly everything, but at first it was hard to find anything funny about ALS. Jim ran his own consulting firm, where he advised clients on railroad labor relations. The eldest of his four children was in her teens, and Jim looked forward to seeing them off to college.

For a year, Jim said, he struggled with accepting the diagnosis. He was steadily losing the ability to use his muscles, so it wasn’t a matter of acknowledging that he had the disease or facing up to the fact of it. That was obvious. “It was difficult to pray,” Jim said, “and really mean ‘Father, not my will but yours be done.’ I didn’t want to pray it and not mean it,” Jim said. “But I didn’t know how to pray it and mean it.”

However, throughout that first year Jim did pray, especially with friends, seeking God’s will. He read the books that had influenced him when he first became a Christian during college in Kansas, especially Francis Schaeffer and C. S. Lewis. And Jim was reading more of the Bible.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.